Guard robbed in hammer raid

Exterior of the Co-operative Food store, Preston Road, Standish
Exterior of the Co-operative Food store, Preston Road, Standish

POLICE are hunting for sledgehammer-wielding robbers who targeted a security van attending a store in Standish.

The incident took place at about 8.40am on Thursday when a security guard was at the Co-Op store on Preston Road.

The victim saw a man running towards his van and, - anticipating that he was about to be robbed - turned around and headed back to the store.

The masked offender, who had a sledgehammer, caught up with him at the door and managed to take a sum of money.

Fortunately, nobody was injured. The offender had an accomplice who was waiting in a blue Toyota Yaris which sped off. The car was found burnt out a short time later at Worthington Lakes.

Both men were dressed in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas.

Det Insp Martin Reddington said: “Thankfully nobody was injured during this robbery, but we are working hard to try and find the men responsible.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this robbery to come forward, I would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen any vehicles parked on the car park with occupants waiting rather than entering the store, and we are also keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the car being burnt out.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.